For 2015, The Fringe Files presented new stage play Samantha, written and directed by Michael Starr. This script marked a return to dramatic theatre for the company.
This play is a three character piece exploring Munchhausen by proxy, focusing specifically on the struggles of a mother and her young daughter.
For this production, The Fringe Files welcomed Joshua Phillips (performer), Imogen Greenwood (performer), Robert Walker (photography), Mark Williamson (photography), Rhian Brimble (tech), Sarah Brady (hair / make-up & stage manager), Mickey Berry (stage manager) and Murilo Leite D’Imperio (dance consultant) for their debut show with us. Stalwarts Ian Tapner (props master) and Michael Starr (writer / director) both returned for their forth and fifth production respectively. Theresa Roche (performer) returned to The Fringe Files for the first time since our 2011 inaugural show, The Curse of Miss Fortune, to complete the line-up.
Samantha marked a permanent HQ switch back to Bristol for The Fringe Files following three seasons away. The company were previously based in Somerset between 2012 and 2014.
Auditions were held on April 12, 2015. Rehearsals ran from July to October 2015 at The Drawbridge (Bristol). Performance venues included Hamilton House (Bristol) on October 3, 2015, The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, as part of the Woking Drama Festival (October 10, 2015) & the Riverside Arts Centre, as part of the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival (October 23, 2015).
The following members were involved in this production:
- Michael Starr (Director / Writer / Sound Tech)
- Rhian Brimble (Lighting Tech)
- Ian Tapner (Stage Design)
- Murilo Leite D’Imperio (Dance Consultant)
- Sarah Brady (Hair & Make-up / Stage Manager)
- Mickey Berry (Stage Manager)
- Robert Walker (Photography)
- Mark Williamson (Photography)
- Imogen Greenwood (Performer)
- Theresa Roche (Performer)
- Joshua Phillips (Performer)
We are proud to have received the following award acknowledgements:
- Technical excellence - Rhian Brimble & Michael Starr (nominated) at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.
- Best new play - Michael Starr (nominated) at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.
- Stage presentation - The Fringe Files (nominated) at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.
- The adjudicator’s choice award - The Fringe Files (nominated) at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.
- Best male actor - Joshua Phillips (nominated) at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.
- Best male actor - Joshua Phillips (nominated) at the Woking Drama Festival.
This script is now available to digitally download for free. Please do consider offering a token donation to the writer.